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Race and Politics in America

Students from the Washington Center, George Mason University in Virginia, and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, participated by broadband feed in a distance learning class.  Former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder (D) talked by remote video from Richmond about the relationship between race and politics in America. Video clips were also shown. This course was a [...]

Has ‘hope and change’ been fulfilled?

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Voting in an election that matters

Every four years, presidential nominees tell voters that this election is the most important of our lifetimes. Such proclamations are largely hyperbole. In 2012, however, it might be warranted. This election is consequential. During the next four years, the nation will have to face issues of debt, taxes and fiscal stability that will imprint our [...]

Virginia is still a toss-up state

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WILDER: Advice to my fellow Democrats

In 1969, I ran for the Virginia state Senate as a Democrat. Not because any party grandees came to my door and begged — or even suggested — I throw my hat in the ring. I did it because I talked with my friends and neighbors in Richmond and across the state. We thought the time [...]

Biden axes Tampa trip: Isaac or political storm to blame?

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VP Biden’s comments too divisive?

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Wilder, McCain, Palin join criticism of Biden

Race is a factor, but it doesn’t define us

The issue of race has come up in the 2012 presidential election, most recently by Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth. She says Mitt Romney “is speaking to a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or any other elected position.” I know [...]

Wilder: Response to Racists Devolution

I personally reject any suggestion from anyone that the people of Virginia or our nation have retreated to the days of intolerance and discrimination of the past.  Yet, I am not naive enough to believe that there are some elements of that still at hand. I know Louise Lucas and helped her win her first [...]

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